What is Adapted Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for children from ages 3-8 with behavioral concerns (e.g., defiant behavior, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
PCIT is performed via “coaching” sessions by a clinical psychologist during which there are two treatment phases: Development of a positive relationship with your child and implementation of strategies meant to decrease oppositional behaviors in your child.
In the first phase, the goals are as follows:
Decrease frequency/severity/duration of temper tantrums
PCIT is meant to be attended to consistently and with homework completed in approximately 12-20 sessions. Due to the physical constraints of our practice settings (we do not have a padded/wall-cushioned room with one-way mirror), we have adapted PCIT to use in a private-practice outpatient setting. At WACCH, we have found it to be just as effective in terms of outcome.
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